A Triple-7 Birthday Extravaganza

My birthday is all about 7s this year. Lucky? I hope so.

Light fixture at the Liberation Café, Melville. (Photo: David Penney)

My birthday is actually today, Sunday 8 July. 8/7 or 7/8, depending on which side of the Atlantic you’re reading this from. But I decided to celebrate on Saturday, 7/7, on Melville’s 7th Street.

I’ve never been big on celebrating my own birthday. In the past, it’s been my habit to sit passively by and wait for someone else (usually a husband or boyfriend) to plan something for me. Sometimes it’s worked out well, other times not.

But I’ve learned a lot since my last birthday. I’ve learned so much, in fact, that my head is spinning. One of the most life-altering things I’ve learned is that I’m responsible for my own happiness.

This year, of all years, I knew that I couldn’t afford to sit back and try to ignore my birthday.

So I resisted the urge to be passive, and reserved a big table at the Liberation Café, my favorite new Melville hangout. I invited some friends to come celebrate with me. Sounds simple, I know, but for me this was ground-breaking.

I think it worked out well.

The Liberation Café just opened about a month ago, on 7th Street between 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue. It’s got a quirky style that I like. I keep finding myself in there.

Liberation Café serves tasty, African-fusion-style tapas. How cute are these mini ostrich burgers? There are also mini bunny chows and mini-boerewors rolls — all delicious.

Thank goodness I handed my camera over to my friend David for much of the night. He’s a much better party photographer than I am. (Photo: David Penney)

I don’t think there’s much else I need to say. We came, we celebrated, it was awesome. The photos speak for themselves.

Chocolate cream-cheese cupcakes from Anita and Johnson. The photo isn’t great and the cupcakes weren’t the prettiest. And yet, so yummy. All 18 of them were gone before I went to bed last night. I ate at least eight or ten of them myself.

The beautiful staff of the Liberation Café. I heart them. (Photo: David Penney)

Me and some of my girls. Me looking a tiny bit glazed. (Photo: David Penney)

I have no memory of this photo being taken. I have no idea who took it. I love everything about it though, especially the random interloper on the right. I think his name is Marvin.

I woke up early this morning, before the sun came up. My first feeling was nausea (too much wine and way too many cupcakes). My second feeling was a twinge of sadness.

I rolled over and realized the Melville Cat was there. He wasn’t home when I went to sleep, but had crept in sometime during the night. Of course, I thought. The Melville Cat wouldn’t leave me alone on my birthday.

I stumbled into the kitchen and found some gift bags on the counter. I had forgotten that people brought me presents last night. I carried them into the bedroom and opened them, while the Melville Cat looked on. I cried a little. Then we watched the sunrise.

Sometimes you have to create your own luck.

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  • Reply Gail Scott McDonnell Wilson July 8, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Looks like you had lots of fun, may all your dreams come true!

  • Reply chuckv88 July 8, 2012 at 11:46 am

    I hope your birthday is the just beginning of many great things. The hangover will pass too.

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Haha. Thanks. I hope it passes soon.

  • Reply Slowvelder July 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Happy happy birthday Heather. Thank goodness for friends – they have saved me on many a lonely birthday.

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      Thanks Jackie. Yep, thank goodness for friends.

  • Reply jackie hulme July 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    i love the photo with marvin – he was on top form – it was his birthday too – he could really boogie. then there was the chap with the mop .. he came into the picture after marvin … it was really funny. I wish I could have had more than one drink .. but I still had lots of fun and enjoyment.

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Yeah, Marvin was something else for sure. He kept promising to buy me drinks but I never got one. (Probably for the best.) I can’t believe you survived such a marathon evening with one drink! Good for you.

  • Reply Jeroen July 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Looks like you had all the right ingredients for a good party right there. Happy birthday Heather! 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Yeah, it’s not hard to find a good party around here.

  • Reply Lisa July 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Blessings for a Bee-U-ti-Full Birthday dear Heather! May the celebrations continue 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 6:05 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I need to get up your way soon and celebrate in Ferndale 🙂

      • Reply Lisa July 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm

        The Curry Place awaits…X

  • Reply Ebs July 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Thanx Heather, was awesome hosting you and yr friends, many of whom are mine too… A reminder of how small this world is & how simple life can be…

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      That’s the greatest thing about Melville. We’re all connected by one degree or less.

  • Reply catherine July 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Happy Birthday to you, Heather, and all my best wishes!

  • Reply Mariel July 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Happy birthday, Heather! Nothing wrong with celebrating yourself at least once a year, especially when you have people in your life who are worth celebrating with. I hope the next year gives you more reasons for celebration when your next birthday comes around. 🙂

    • Reply 2summers July 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks Mariel. I’m sure it will.

  • Reply buckwheatsrisk July 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Way to go and Happy Birthday!

  • Reply Eugenia A Parrish July 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    What a bunch of beautiful women! You inspire me to celebrate myself. I’m guessing that “bunny chow” is a veggie plate?

  • Reply Kathryn McCullough July 9, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Looks like a wonderful celebration, Heather. And I love that light fixture. Happy birthday, my friend.

    • Reply 2summers July 9, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Thanks Kathy. Yeah, that fixture is right up your alley. I hope you’re feeling okay!

  • Reply Joshi Mukard July 9, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Belated birthday wishes. May this year turn out to be ‘life-changing’ in a good way!!

    • Reply 2summers July 9, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Joshi. I have no doubt it will be life-changing, for better or worse!

  • Reply Deano July 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Happy belated birthday Heather!


  • Reply thirdeyemom July 9, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Happy Birthday Heather! You have had a lot on your plate this year.

    • Reply 2summers July 9, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks! At least my life isn’t boring.

  • Reply Sine July 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Well, happy belated birthday! I’ll have to take your advice to heart. Mine is next week, and I also never really plan anything. And then get disappointed when no one else plans anything either. I do know though that the one thing I hate to do is stay at home and then have to talk on the phone all day to people who call and ask how it feels to be [insert something over 40 here]. So maybe I’ll also have to create my own luck:-)

    • Reply 2summers July 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Yes, I’d highly recommend it.

      Those “how does it feel to be over 40” calls are drawing dangerously near for me too.

  • Reply Mark Wiens (@migrationology) July 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Heather. That’s quite an awesome lesson – no matter what anyone else can do, it’s really up to us to be positive (and happy)!

    • Reply 2summers July 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Mark. Yep, it took me 38 birthdays to learn that one 🙂

  • Reply Fiver Löcker July 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Now you’re just making me homesick! That new place looks great, does it have wifi? Happy belatd birthday, Heather!!!!

    • Reply 2summers July 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      Hmm, I’m not sure about the wi-fi. I’m not sure it would be a good place to hang out and work during the day though…It’s a bit smokey. Better as an evening destination.

      The IT Corner has doubled in size and been totally remodeled. You’re gonna love it.

  • Reply Tilly Bud - The Laughing Housewife July 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Belated happy birthday!

  • Reply africa April 21, 2013 at 1:43 am

    never go to that shit hole. that cafe tastes disgusting. their bar tenders know nothing. and the drinks are terrible and overpriced.

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